A Year on the Punjab Frontier, in 1848-1868, Volume 1

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R. Bentley, 1851 - British - 608 pages

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Page 402 - Kurd war, by an English gentleman, who told him to " Take care of it, and neither fling it into the fire nor the river; but hoard it up against the day when the British should be rulers of his...
Page 47 - Here they stretch their black blankets or reed mats on the bare earth, over two sticks set up like the letter T, the four sides draggling on the ground, or fastened with a stone, if the wind gets high. Under this miserable shelter huddle men, women, and children, afraid neither of the rain's cold, nor of the sun's hot beams, and in happy ignorance of better things.
Page 61 - In spring it is a vegetable emerald ; and in winter its many-coloured harvests look as if Ceres had stumbled against the great Salt Range, and spilt half her cornucopia in this favoured vale.
Page 62 - Bannu people. Every stature, from that of the weak Indian to that of the tall Durrani ; every complexion, from the ebony of Bengal to the rosy cheek of Kabul ; every dress, from the linen garments of the south to the heavy goat-skin of the eternal snows, is to be seen promiscuously among them, reduced only to a harmonious whole by the neutral tint of universal dirt.
Page 50 - ... he who reads these pages to a close, will see how much faith I have had occasion to place in the rudest and wildest of their species, how nobly it was deserved, and how useless I should have been without it.
Page 402 - who, thirty-two years ago on the banks of. the Ganges, at the then frontier of British India, gave to a young Afghan chief, from beyond the distant Indus, a Bible in his own barbarous tongue, and foresaw the day when the followers of the ' Son of David ' should extend their dominion to the
Page 7 - British forces, the evil-disposed should create fresh disturbances, and endeavour to ruin the state, it is the earnest and sincere desire and hope of the Lahore durbar that British troops with intelligent officers should, for some months, as circumstances may seem to require, be left at Lahore for the protection of the government and the Maharaja and the inhabitants of the city.
Page 80 - Boodh, under the able numbers as brokers, merchants, bankers, goldsmiths, sellers of grain, &c. There is scarce a village in the country without a family or two who exercise the above trades, and act as accountants, moneychangers, &c. They spread into the north of Persia, but in small numbers, owing to the bad treatment they receive. They are encouraged in Bokhaura and other towns in Tartary. They are all, or almost all, of the military class of...
Page 64 - A highly intelligent native named Agha Abbas, of Shiraz, who was employed by the late Major R. Leech to make a tour through parts of the Punjab and Afghanistan, in the year 1837, reported that there were 'full four hundred, if not five hundred, forts and villages in the district.
Page 483 - ... seventy-one thieves ; and who, moreover, would cost nothing, but be paid by Government. If the victims complained to the Nazim of the province, what cared he for the Nazim? Was he not particularly told to keep himself independent ? And if they carried their complaints to Lahore, he had only to send a share of the plunder to Lahore also. In short, Bhowanee Sing saw that there was a fine opening. Acting upon these views, he soon turned the royal fort of Girang into a nest of highway robbers ; the...

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